The Clown Prince of Crime has made his way into the Oval Office, as a screening of Joker was reportedly held in the White House. Directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix in the lead role, Joker has been met with immense success and smashed multiple box office records. Even without showing in China, the movie has quickly become one of the most successful movies ever made as millions of people across the planet continue to catch showings of the film. Now, it appears the president of the United States himself, Donald Trump, wanted to see what all the hype was about by screening the acclaimed movie at the White House.
According to Yahoo, a senior White House official confirmed Trump screened the movie with some "family, friends, and some staff." The source also claims Trump "liked" the movie, giving the blockbuster hit another satisfied viewer. That might be the case, but one can't help but wonder if his opinion would have been different if Alec Baldwin had played Thomas Wayne as he had originally been reported to. On multiple occasions, Trump has tweeted about his disdain for Baldwin as an actor based on his Saturday Night Live performances, and may not have been too thrilled to watch a new movie featuring Baldwin in a major role.
In Joker, Brett Cullen stars as Thomas Wayne alongside Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, the man who goes on to become Batman's arch-nemesis. Also starring in the movie are Zazie Beetz as Arthur's neighbor Sophie and Frances Conroy as his mother Penny. The movie follow's Arthur through his transformation from a meek party clown to the most feared criminal in Gotham City, carrying a particular focus on the character's mental illness. After surpassing a billion dollars in worldwide ticket sales, Joker has become the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time and the most profitable comic book adaptation ever made. Even still, it continues to make even more money with continued theatrical screenings across the world.
Oddly enough, Trump has his own connections to big screen movies based on Batman comic books. Christopher Nolan's 2012 sequel The Dark Knight Rises featured scenes shot in Trump Tower, and star Christian Bale later spoke about meeting the future president while shooting on location. "I think he thought I was Bruce Wayne, because I was dressed as Bruce Wayne. So he talked to me like I was Bruce Wayne and I just went along with it, really. It was quite entertaining," Bale said of the meeting, suggesting Trump spoke to him as if he were actually Batman rather than a Hollywood actor portraying him. "I had no idea at the time that he would think about running for president," Bale added.
Trump also tweeted about some of his favorite movies back in 2013, naming such titles as Gone With the Wind, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Citizen Kane, and Goodfellas. That same year, he also said Django Unchained "sucked" and was the "most racist movie" he had ever seen, so he's clearly very opinionated when it comes to the movies he watches. We'll see if he ends up tweeting his official review of Joker. This news comes to us from Yahoo News.